Northwest Elite Index continues it’s look at some of the top juniors in the state of Washington and today we take a look at Bothell OL Chase Madsen, a young man who is a leader both on and off the field for the Cougars.
This past season, Madsen started every game at the all-important left tackle spot, but he said that isn’t the only position he knows.
“During practice and working in the offseason, I tried to learn all of the positions along the offensive line,” Madsen told NEI recently. “I felt like if I knew what other guys were doing, I could better understand what was going on with the rest of the line and I also could help my team if someone went down, I could slide over and play in their place and a guy could come into my spot.
“It was just a way for me to help my team as much as I could.”
Madsen is a smart young man with quick feet and a nice long, lean frame (6’4″, 270) that is just now starting to get into the weight room to increase his strength and conditioning.
“Chase is one of three offensive linemen that started every game and played every play for us last year,” Bothell head coach Tom Bainter added. “He’s just now starting hit the weights hard and take that aspect seriously and I think he’s got a really high ceiling because of his work-ethic and how smart he is.
“The experience he brings to our team is invaluable and we’re relying on him, along with a couple of other guys, to be one of our leaders this year.”
While the skill players get most of the recognition and attention, Madsen noted it was the relative anonymity of playing offensive line that appeals to him.
“We don’t get all of the glory, but I like not being noticed,” Madsen said. “I like people taking us for granted, but then we make plays by putting our opponents on their backs. I also love being physical up front and our line has that going on right now.”
On the recruiting front, Madsen said he has been contacted by the likes of Utah, Brown, Maine and Central Washington and that Bainter has been getting contacted by schools as well.
“Right now those are the schools I know of,” Madsen said. “I’m not real caught up in all of that right now. I’m hitting the weights, working out with my friends doing one-on-one drills and I’m also going to the Barton Elite workouts on Saturdays when I can.
“I want my senior season to be the best it can be and working hard right now is what will help that happen. I’m not playing basketball this season, so that has allowed me the chance to work out the hardest I ever have.”
Madsen is a player to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months as things begin to pick up for him in the recruiting process.